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19 June 2013

The unusual marriage of Eva Gazan and Ruben Koperberg

We all have ancestors whose marriages were at times unusual. For some it may have been where they married, or when they married, and for others it was who they married. In one instance it was how they married.
 In his book, Stories Of Our Fathers; a multi-generational narrative of the Gazan Family through sorrow and triumph (FHL book #929.273 G258g); Harold S. Gazan describes one of the more unusual marriages that I have read about. He writes;

 "Eva Gazan was born on 11 June 1895. She married Ruben Koperberg. He was born on 25 May 1895, in Amsterdam and died on 3 Mar 1997 in Baarn. Eva's marriage to Ruben was a "marriage of the glove". This means that Ruben was not present for the marriage ceremony that was held in Amsterdam. Ruben had already traveled to the Dutch East Indies. It was neither practical nor possible for him to return home for the wedding ceremony. Because Ruben and Eva were engaged, the marriage ceremony occurred with a representative of the groom who stood in for him."

He later goes on to tell how after the marriage ceremony, Eva, departed on the six week journey to be united with her new husband. I guess it just shows that not even long distance can stop true love.

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